Tip o' My Brain

August 19, 2008

Random Thoughts from the Weekend (Clone of the Mummy edition)

Filed under: Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 12:55 pm
  • EPCOT is a great place to go  the night before school starts. There was only a 65 minute wait to get into Soarin’!  (We still didn’t go on it.)
  • Darcy and I went to see the new Mummy movie.  In a nutshell, it was a moldy, lifeless, sequel that shambled all over the place, just like a Mummy, and I hate stupid reviews like this.
  • I was able to successfully instruct someone in the differences between zombies (undead, brainless, eat brains), vampires (undead, brainy, thirsty), and ringwraiths (not quite dead, brainwashed, eat peanut M&Ms).  I feel my work here is done.
  • My friend Rob and I saw the Star Wars: Clone Wars movie (sigh). It was actually more fun to debrief afterwards.  My thoughts in a later post on why Star Wars is starting to (fingersssss…sta..rting…to…ssssseeize…up)  suck.
  • I’m starting to get that old familiar feeling.  You know the one I mean, since I’m sure you feel it too.  Christmas is coming!!
  • I had a side-by-side comparison of Cocoa Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  Winner: CTC. (And it doesn’t make you feel like you’ve been chewing glass the next morning.)
  • When Floridians get bored, they manufacture a hurricane to spice things  up.

July 8, 2008

Random Things I Discovered over the Weekend (Fire[no]work edition)

Filed under: Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 12:19 pm
  • Comparing a three-day weekend to a normal weekend, my capacity to waste time increases by about 33%.
  • Wall-E is a great, great movie. Iron Man now has to share the top spot on my 2008 Best of Summer!
  • “Hancock” is my new word to describe something that could have been truly great, but falls flat (“Dude, this frozen pizza is Hancocked.”)
  • Speaking of pizza, my favorite pizza chain closed up and moved out of Orlando! Donatos, wait, come back! We’ll be better, I promise!!
  • Disney is surprisingly not crowded at 10 pm the day after the 4th.
  • The Japan-originating movie, “The Eye” is okay, but I don’t know who thought it was worthy of an American remake, which, I heard, totally Hancocked.
  • Apparently, very pregnant ladies hate it when their husbands expose their bellies (my friend found this out the hard way).
  • Cold Stone Creamery can’t quite match Marble Slab in quality.
  • Our dog, Dexter, is awesome at helping us meet new neighbors.
  • Gosh, it’s hot.
  • I think about blogging much more than I actually blog.

June 9, 2008

Random Thoughts I Discovered this Weekend–In my head edition

Filed under: Uncategorized,Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 3:56 pm
  • We had two women house guests at Casa de Larson this past weekend. Darcy was throwing a baby shower for one of them. Upshot? Twofold: 1)On a scale of 1 to 10, our couch scores a reasonable 6. 2) Anyone know how to find the leak in an air mattress?
  • My capacity for being in the same room as the E! channel=negligible.
  • My wife can apparently throw a kickin’ party.
  • Darcy’s the only one I know who really liked the new Indy movie.
  • I did a Tae-Kwon-Do scrimmage Saturday morning. I fought three people. I got beaten three times. I feel pretty good about it, weirdly enough. I think the kicks to the head may have affected my reasoning and noter kslm,s.
  • While the shower was going on, I had lunch with my friend Steve, we saw Kung Fu Panda, I went to Planet Smoothie, had a hot tub-sized Grape Ape and watched an episode of Buffy on my computer. What bliss!
  • Everyone’s freaked out about gas prices (this was more of a rediscovering)
  • The Thin Red Line doesn’t get better with multiple viewings.
  • I love me some Battlestar Galactica!
  • I really like that song by that chick about Bleeding Love…what’s her name? (Wait here while I google it…Leona Lewis). Anyway, it sticks in my head and I can’t get it out. I sing it out loud almost every day, driving my wife bazonkers. Weirdly enough, I don’t mind. Why? Because it chased out the “I Can’t Wait to see you again” song by Mily how do you spell it…(wait here…Miley Cyrus), which I DON’T like but took up residence in my head anyway.

April 7, 2008

Random Things I Discovered this Weekend (Uncle! Uncahuuuul! edition)

Filed under: Movies are, like, so cool,Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 11:16 am
  • My uncle is in town, and he’s a nice guy (this is more of a rediscovering).
  • The Kingdom is a pretty good movie that ends with, frankly, a ridiculous anti-violence message.  It’s like saying “Isn’t all this action cool?  Well, shame on you for liking it!”
  • On a related note, Darcy and I are realizing we’re big Jason Bateman fans (someone please greenlight the Arrested Development movie!)
  • I have a tremendous capacity for Chinese food (this is more of a rediscovering).
  • DISH Network hires nice, knowledgeable people.  Is DISH superior to Bright House?  We’ll see.
  • The Mummy movies remain on my list of “closet movies”–movies that you love but might make others think you’re a loser.
  • On a related note, I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to have a protracted conversation about old 80’s and 90’s comic book story lines with someone who ACTUALLY KNOWS WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.  This has only happened a handful of times in the past decade.  “It’s not eeeeeasy, being Geeeeeeeeeek…”

March 26, 2008

Ich bin ein Ber-sicker

Filed under: Movies are, like, so cool,Shallow Thoughts,Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 9:53 am

I’ve been sick since Good Friday.  A nasty cold.  I only get sick about twice a year, so this is noteworthy to me.  In the interest of cataloging the minutia of my life (so my great grandkids can know how I wasted my time), here’s what I learned:

  •  A Man for all Seasons is a good movie where the good guy loses.
  • The Magnificent Ambersons is a good movie where there aren’t any good guys.
  • Raging Bull is a good movie about a bad guy.
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance is a less-than-good movie about an okay guy.
  • Arrested Development is a fantastic show about a good guy and his bad family (I watched 23 episodes on DVD).
  • McDonalds tastes better when you’re healthy (as paradoxical as this may seem).
  • Nyquil may be the nastiest tasting liquid on the planet, with the possible exception of…
  • Dayquil.
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a good game, but a little too short.
  • Super Paper Mario is a very fun game, but not a lot like it’s predecessor, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (I haven’t decided if this is good or bad).
  • It’s lame to be sick when your wife is sick.
  • I usually enjoy getting  sick, since I feel I have a mandate to not do anything. Five days is too long, however.  The pizazz has worn off.

March 10, 2008

Random Things I discovered this weekend (Hobble edition)

Filed under: Movies are, like, so cool,Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 10:36 am
  • I worked out my calves on Friday, and spent the remainder of the weekend hobbling around like I was either 90 years old, or suffering from a reeeaallly bad rash. You know how people describe weak calf muscles as “cankles?” I’m going to call mine “painkles.”
  • The Longest Day is a good, long movie (surprise).
  • The Naked City would have been better if it didn’t have a narrator.
  • I have passed the Guitar Hero bug to my wife.
  • Darcy and I are doing a “Financial Peace” class at our church. I actually really enjoy sitting with others our age and talking about how to have cheap dates and work off the envelope system.
  • I decided to have a productive weekend by fixing stuff in the house. This amounted to changing some lightbulbs, changing our clocks, unplugging our shower and replacing a couple sprinkler heads. Hope Depot cost? $35. Feeling I’m a dude takin’ care of business? PRICELESS.
  • Little Ceasars could be the best deal in town right now.

March 4, 2008

Random Things I discovered this weekend (cheese and whine edition)

Filed under: Uncategorized,Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 10:07 am
  • We have fun neighbors (this is more of a rediscovering).
  • I find cleaning the house to be like drinking beer–I don’t do it often, I don’t want to do it more often, but when I do it, it’s oddly agreeable.
  • Doctor Zhivago is a good movie. Long, but interesting.
  • The Boys from Brazil is a weird movie. Interesting, but veeeeery ’70s.
  • Panda Express is becoming Darcy’s and my new favorite healthy restaurant. Why is it healthy? They serve vegetables! I DON’T NEED TO HEAR FROM ANYONE ON THIS.
  • I never need a size bigger than the “regular” size ice cream at Marble Slab; PLEASE never let me forget this.
  • I don’t think I can ever watch another Woody Allen movie. His whine is like fingernails raking my cerebellum. I’ll tell you more in another post.

February 11, 2008

Random Things I discovered this weekend (kookookoo edition)

Filed under: Uncategorized,Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 5:20 pm
  • You know when you have such low expectations for a movie, when you think the only way you’d ever watch it is if you were in a doctors office and the TV was bolted nine feet off the ground? Darc and I were bored Friday when The Dukes of Hazzard came on. Weirdly, we enjoyed it. Clearly, boredom leads to bad choices. Kids, stay in school!
  • Enteman’s Chocolate Lovers Donut pack is about 3/4 awesome.
  • Watching good TV is fun. Watching Lost is great. Watching Lost in HD is like eating steak with your eyes.
  • At a picnic for my church’s young adults, I found out I can throw a football pretty well. I can say without hyperbole that I had no idea this was true.
  • Because of Guitar Hero, I have now listened to more speed metal in the last weekend than I have in my previous 37 years. I feel so lucky!
  • I have a sweet wife (this is more of a rediscovering).

February 4, 2008

Random Things I discovered this weekend (Super Boll edition)

Filed under: Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 1:39 pm
  • I’m not certain where anyone got the idea that Apple Jacks actually taste like apples.  It seems like a completely random connection.
  • I said hi to our neighbors on Saturday.  Since they know me, one of them said, “So, do you know who’s actually playing in the Super Bowl tomorrow, Brent, you simpering idiot?” (She was nice enough to keep this last part to herself).  I said, “I know this!  The England Patriots are playing the New York City Giants!”  I was kidding, of course.  I know the Giants aren’t from NYC.  They’re from somewhere in New York, though.  Buffalo, maybe.
  • I hate doing anything work-related on the weekends.  I realize many people have to do this.  I sympathize and still hate it.
  • Darcy and I went and saw the new Alien vs. Predator movie at the cheap theater.  It was $1.50 a ticket.  WE OVERPAID.
  • We saw a preview before the film for the new Uwe Boll film. He’s the worst director still making movies (all good film geeks know this) and yet he still finds ways to attract a)investors and b)reasonably good talent.  I’d like to believe what he lacks in talent he makes up for in passion and good business sense, but the whole “pact with Satan” explanation also works.
  • Super Mario Galaxy is a wonderful way to spend 40+ hours of your life.

January 28, 2008

Random Things I discovered this weekend (Solo edition)

Filed under: Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 3:48 pm
  • I have some cool friends (this is more of a rediscovering)
  • My BBQ club, which meets and eats once a month, has a tremendous capacity to discuss the love life of one of our single members EVERY SINGLE TIME WE MEET.
  • Question: Is Resident Evil: Extinction deeply stupid?  Is it as bad as the two RezEv movies that came before it? Is it possible to butcher a zombie movie, when they should be the easiest to make?  And am I an idiot for knowing all this and, not just watching it, but renting it? Answer: Yes, yes, yes, and so?
  • I’ve wanted a flat screen TV for a long while now, and have been saving for one.  I was counting on the fact that sales during SuperBowl Sunday would drive down the price enough so I could get one.  Aaaaaaaaaand…I was right!  USA! USA!
  • Life without Darcy (who is in Kansas City for a few days, visiting a friend) is fun in some respects, but only because I know she’s coming back Wednesday.
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